Monday, May 19, 2014

The Author’s To-Write List

by Jessica E. Subject

The other night, I had a dream so vivid that I woke up believing what I saw really happened. It took a few seconds to realize it had been just a dream. In some ways, I was very disappointed. There was so much sexual tension in that dream, I wanted to know what happened next. So, instead of letting that memorable scene slip away, I decided to use my imagination to finish out the story. Yes, I daydream...
But, before I played out the ending, I needed to know what happened before that hot scene in the kitchen. (No sex in the dream, just the tension.) So, while the rest of the house slept, I laid in bed directing a movie in my head. And then I wrote it all down in point form notes.
Perfect, you say, now write the story! If only it were that simple. I have a few stories I want to finish this year, two of them already started. So, I must file it away in my to-write folder.
Just like readers (including me) have a long list of books to-read, many authors also have a to-write list. Some plan years ahead of time while others plan only for the year or month ahead. But the ideas are constantly there. And when we’re fresh out of ideas, all we have to do is go to our to-write folder, or check out the news headlines, listen to music, or simply people watch for more inspiration.


Okay, readers, I want to know... How many books are on your to-read list? The ones you actually own. If I count those on my e-reader apps, the number is embarrassingly huge. Leave your answer along with your email address for a chance to WIN an ebook from my back list at Decadent. Contest is international. Must be 18 or older to enter.

Accidental Romance

The Challenge series

Contemporary Western New Adult Romance

ISBN: 978-1613334607
At twenty-two, Leanne Declan has graduated from college and hopes to take over the family farm until a tragic accident changes her life forever. Unable to do the simplest everyday chores, she must depend on her family and friends as she learns to face life’s challenges. But when her fears threaten to destroy her future, can an unexpected love be strong enough to help her dreams come true?
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 Author Bio:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at and on twitter @jsubject.

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Anonymous said...

Six on my actual bookshelf, diverigent, clockwork princess, the city of lost souls and a few others. I'll get to them eventually ��

Kathy Bosman said...

I have about four I'm very anxious to read, about twenty on my kindle that I'll get to and several I'd love to buy one day.

Zee Monodee said...

Haha! You do NOT wanna know how many books are in my TBR pile. My Kindle cloud alone has over 3,000 books.... *Nuff said, I think...I didn't count the downloads on my computer hard drive...we'd add another few K with these!* :)

Haley Whitehall said...

My to-write list is longer than my to-read list if you ignore my Kindle. I currently have 4 paperbacks on my desk.

Louisa Bacio said...

So many books on my TBR list! Seriously, and I just got back from RT, so have even more! And the to-write ... if I think about it, it'll be BAD.

Lola said...

I think my TBR shelf has over 1000 books. I have three paper boxes filled plus about 60 on my kindle and 80 on my nook.

My to-be-written pile has 8 in the queue, plus three ready for revision.

Fun question!

Jessica E. Subject said...

Wow, you all have so many to read and/or write. That's good though, as long as we can finish them all. ;-) My to-write list is planned for the next four years. Though, I did allow myself some room for the unexpected.

Libby Waterford said...

I have about 30 physical books on my to-read shelf, probably 10 more on my virtual bookshelf. Hundreds in the "I'd like to read one day but don't own yet" category. There's really no shortage of things to read, especially when I start browsing my library's ebook app. I really try to limit the ebooks that I haven't read yet, because that can get seriously out of hand.

My to-write list is much shorter. Right now I'm visualizing a multi-book series, but novellas are so much fun to write that I'm having a hard time buckling down for the full-length stories.

Jessica E. Subject said...

I tried to limit mine, too, Lacey, but now they're both out of control. One day I'll get them all done. ;)

Jessica E. Subject said...

Congratulations to Louisa, the winner of one of my back list titles! Thank you all for visiting! :)

Anonymous said...

OMG both my lists are huge and they grow larger every day! I need a robot assistant to keep all this stuff straight. If you have a spare, send one my way!